Connecting Waterford to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Waterford had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Connecting Wicklow to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Wicklow had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Connecting Wexford to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Wexford had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 9 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 9 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Connecting Cavan to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Cavan had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 11 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 11 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Connecting Clare to the national grid

Electricity in the county before ESB Clare had electricity before the establishment of ESB in 1927. ESB’s annual reports record 8 local electricity suppliers in the county — that means 8 individuals or companies who had permits to commercially supply electricity to 3 or more homes and businesses in their local area. The reports do… Continue Reading


Electric Generations – now open

We are delighted to support an exciting new exhibition, in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, which explores how Irish people reacted to a mysterious new power entering their homes: electricity. Electric Generations, now open at dlr LexIcon in Dún Laoghaire, shows how electricity – an invisible force that few understood – caused fear at… Continue Reading


Transport of generator, Limerick

Between 30—31 May 1933, a convoy carrying massive components of a generator bound for Ardnacrusha Power Station made its way through the streets of Limerick city, passing the well-known landmarks of King John’s Castle, and the Treaty Stone. Check out our gallery of rare transport imagery below. Gallery click any image to begin slideshow These… Continue Reading


Rural memories: Jerry Corbett, Cork

Jerry Corbett joined ESB at the age of 13 in 1932, meaning that he had 52 years of service at the time of his retirement in 1983 – one of the longest serving employees in ESB history. Shortly after the launch of our new website, Jerry’s son Tony got in touch to generously share some of his… Continue Reading


1930s booklet on electricity at home from ESB

This booklet, available through ESB Showrooms around the country in the 1930s, describes the features of an electric home and gives examples of what one unit of electricity can do. We look forward to bringing you more booklets, brochures and pamphlets as we work through the digitisation process.